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Name the 4 MLB division leaders who have better roadie records than homie records?

You have to give the H-Town Mayor and his team credit for getting the pension reform bill passed yesterday. You certainly have to be impressed.   Congrats to them.

Here is the front page Chron story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Cornerstone-of-Turner-s-agenda-heads-to-11171875.php.

Here is from the Trib on the pension bill:

The Houston bill passed Wednesday without two amendments the House had previously added in an apparent attempt to appease firefighters. One amendment would have prevented the bill from impacting current firefighter retirees. The other could have allowed the firefighter pension system to bear a smaller burden in paying down unfunded liabilities shoring up billions in shortfalls in three city employee retirement funds.

That drew the anger of firefighter pension members, dozens of whom sat in the House gallery Wednesday. Some shouted down to representatives as they walked out after the vote. One woman could be heard yelling, “Shameful!”

After the vote, Houston firefighter pension board chairman David Keller said he was disappointed in the vote. During the session, pension officials had suggested such legislation could be unconstitutional because it determines the financial boundaries the fund should stay within. Keller said the Constitution says that power is left solely to the pension board.

Keller said it was too soon to determine if the pension board will file a lawsuit.

“We will explore every option available to us,” he said.

But state Rep. Dan Flynn, who carried the bill in the House, said that killing the bill because firefighters remained unhappy would have exasperated the dire financial situation the city and the retirement funds are experiencing. The bill addresses pensions for firefighters, police and municipal employees. 

“If we don’t pass it, there won’t be any pensions,” the Canton Republican told The Texas Tribune earlier this year. 

Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, authored the amendment that could have helped the firefighter pension fund bear less of the burden shoring up the city’s shortfalls. The amendment would have given pension officials more time to provide data showing that financial forecasts estimate the fund will be in better shape than Houston officials estimated.

But on Wednesday, he urged his colleagues to vote for the bill without the amendment.

“We’ve done everything we can to work hard in good faith,” Huberty said.

Keller, the pension chairman, said the pension board offered to provide the data under licensing agreements that included confidentiality provisions. He said the city never responded.

When asked if firefighters would campaign against any Houston-area state officials who backed the bill, Keller said “it’s hard to say.”

“But I know the firefighters are having a lot of emotions right now: loss, anger,” he said. “And they’ve been shown to be politically active.”

Well, you can’t go back in time.

Here is Kuffer’s take:

See here for the background. The firefighters are gonna do what the firefighters are gonna do. I get they’re unhappy and to an extent I don’t blame them, but this is where we are, and it took a lot of effort to get here. At this point, the main thing I’ll be looking for is who will be campaigning against the pension obligation bonds. It’s one thing to say we need to vote on those things (even if we hadn’t voted on them before), it’s another to say we should vote against them. Until then, kudos to all for getting this done, and congratulations to Mayor Turner for doing what once seemed to be impossible. The Mayor’s press release is here, and the Chron has more.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=80775.

On “firefighters are gonna do what the firefighters gonna do.” “A History of being Fiscally Responsible” was a sub-headline praising the Mayor in a mailer sent to H-Town voters by the Houston Fire Fighters PAC in their endorsement mailer back in 2015. They said it back then.

On “I get they’re unhappy and to an extent I don’t blame them.” The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local 341 worked as hard as any organization to help get the Mayor elected. They were certainly out there and vocal. So, I don’t blame them either.

Like I said, it’s politics.  Like I also said, you can’t go back in time.

Sean Spicer was left off the list of folks from the White House who got to see the Pope.   Let’s see. Spicer knowingly defends and shills for a fella that lies and he perpetuates lies and he wants to visit with His Holiness. Naw! Something is wrong with this picture. Here is from New Republic:

Trump didn’t let Sean Spicer meet the Pope out of sheer meanness. According to CNN, Spicer, a passionate Catholic, was “eagerly anticipating” meeting Pope Francis as part of Donald Trump’s entourage during the president’s visit to the Vatican. But Spicer was not a part of the group, which included Trump’s daughter, son-in-law, and lower-ranking cronies like his longtime personal bodyguard Keith Schiller. When told about Spicer’s exclusion, one source close to the White House told CNN, “Wow. That’s all he wanted.” The same source added that this was “very much” a slight.

The gratutitious coldness of this move is all the more striking because of the sacrifices Spicer has made on behalf of Trump. Previously a well-liked Washington fixture, Spicer has turned himself into an international joke by loudly and aggressively defending Trump’s every outrage and nonsensical outburst. But Trump is angry at the bad press he continues to receive, which he blames on Spicer. So, the president sees fit to squash Spicer’s dream of meeting the Pope.

Don’t feel sorry for Spicer. He is getting what he deserves.

The ‘Stros have a 16-10 homie record and 15-6 roadie record, the Twins 11-13 and 14-5, the Rockies 13-10 and18-7, and the Brewers 12-13 and 13-8 of course are all in first place and have better roadie records that homie records.

Albert Pujols hit his 6th dinger of the season last night and now he has 597 career dingers. I sure hope he’s not flirting with numero 600 when he visits The Yard on June 9.

We still have a 7 game lead and still have the best record in MLB.

A Few Things

A.J. Hinch is the skipper of the ‘Stros. What does the “A.J.” stand for?

Commentary went to The Yard yesterday evening. I did not notice an increased security presence. Maybe it was there but I didn’t notice anything.

It looks like pension reform will get a final vote in Austin today. Here is from the Chron:

“The people of Houston can now be assured that the pension systems will remain solvent in the years to come,” Sen. Joan Huffman, the Houston Republican who carried the bill, said after the vote. “They don’t have to worry that police and fire workers will have to be laid off. It’s a good solution for everybody, I think.”

Fire pension chairman David Keller disagreed, saying he was disappointed, though not surprised, by the vote. He called on the House to reject the proposal, which he says is “punitive” to firefighters.

“The House voted overwhelmingly to amend SB 2190 and to make it more fair for firefighters,” he said. “With these amendments stripped it is no longer the legislation they approved and sent to conference; it is now back to the unfair legislation it was before and should be defeated.”

Like I said before, it’s politics, baby!   More tomorrow after the vote.

Speaking of, there are a couple of responses in today’s Chron to Chris Bell’s Op-Ed opposing the H-Town revenue cap. Go check them out. On a related note, some folks are wondering why they have to cough up more dough to the city and still not be able to recycle glass. Good question.

It you watch the ‘Stros on the flat screen, you know Julia Morales. She does the interviews before and after the games. During the game, she gives us interesting info. Did you know that her dad is Victor Morales, the fella who was the Texas Dem nominee for U.S. Senator back in 1996? Remember the white pick-up truck? Now you know.

On the Chron’s website you can find some tidbits on Julia. Check it out here: http://www.chron.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/article/Things-to-know-about-Astros-reporter-Julia-Morales-11167767.php.

I was reading the team’s “Gameday” magazine before the game at The Yard yesterday. Every month they feature a season ticket holder. This issue they featured Cheryl and Kayla who sit nearby. In the feature, Kayla says her favorite player is #SpringerDinger. Last night, #SpingerDinger was playing right field and he caught a fly ball to end the eighth. As he headed back to the dugout he tossed the ball in my direction and I snagged it and then I walked over and handed the ball to Kayla. It made her night for sure.

Andrew Jay is for A.J. in A.J. Hinch of course.

We are now 31-15. We have a 7 game lead. We still have the best record in MLB. It is Dollar Dog Night tonight.

Just Shut Up!

I saw this tweet this morning:

@SpeakerRyan: “We will never bow or bend to radical Islamic terror.”

Donald Trump didn’t have the balls to say the radical Islamic terrorist phrase in Saudi Arabia the other day so just shut the f__k up you weasel arse punk speaker.

On a morning when we learn one of last night’s victims was an eight-year old, the last thing I want to hear is some spineless arsehole like Paul Ryan trying to show leadership. America is on to your con job. Just shut up!

Add this to the Special Counsel’s agenda, from the Washington Post:

President Donald Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.

Tsk, tsk, tsk!

Now this made my morning from the Chron:

A passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and calling fellow air travelers “lesbian” and “Hillary” caused his United Airlines flight from Shanghai to New Jersey to be delayed seven hours and make an unexpected stop in San Francisco to replace a tired crew, officials and witnesses said Monday.

The man, whose name was not released, was pulled off the plane in Shanghai as fellow passengers chanted, “Lock him up” and “Charge him,” according to videos of the incident posted on social media.

Good.

Bond, James Bond. Sir Roger Moore is no longer with us. I liked him.

On my take on H-Town being a welcoming city, here is comment I received yesterday:

The concern about Houston cops running wild enforcing ICE dictates seems a huge stretch of the imagination given that the state law, if passed, only allows officers to ask about status, the Mayor and police chief certain to place every possible impediment to runaway officers auditioning for ICE on the city dime. Just the fact that the chief will require them to do an investigative report for each incidence is virtually certain to scale back any rogue actions but also consider that more than half their department are minorities, Latinos alone comprising at least a quarter of the manpower. Just how long do you think any of their officers are going to engage in such behaviors given the overwhelming disdain the bosses have shown for it, a great many supervisors knowing their careers will be on the line for the actions of their subordinates?

As far as ICE detainers and the like, the city is getting out of the jail business, farming it out to the county in their joint venture, so that shouldn’t be a problem either. Those who protest HPD policies as though the city was going to aggressively enforce this state led boondoggle might want to take a breath and ponder where their biggest threat is coming from because it sure in heck doesn’t appear to be HPD or the HCSO, much to the chagrin of the decreasing number of people demanding we start grabbing Latinos and busing them to the border at will. That doesn’t mean police won’t ask you a few questions when you’re arrested for a higher level crime, both departments have always done that and will continue to do so, but the belief that the new law will make material changes in how things are done doesn’t seem realistic.

PS: As a Beatles fan, you might want to look into the upcoming White Album and Sgt Peppers reissues, both have a lot of extra material for fans to appreciate. But “Let It Be” is for sale on Amazon on CD and DVD if you’re interested. – Steve Houston

I didn’t know about the White Album reissue.

We had a four pitcher one-hitter last night.  Pretty good if you ask me. 30-15 ain’t bad .  A six game lead also ain’t bad.

No MLB question today.

This is all you need to know about yesterday’s bathroom bill amendment. This is from Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg:

I just pray that this provision, which doesn’t make anybody safer, doesn’t end up killing a kid.

Just pitiful.

I talked at length to an immigration activist on Friday and I asked the activist if H-Town was a welcoming city and I got a resounding “f__k no!” The activist also said that they didn’t like the way the H-Town Police Chief talked down to them at the forum the other night. Oh, well.

Along these lines, here is Stace’s post from Friday:

At a community forum in which Mayor Sylvester Turner, Chief Art Acevedo and others participated, it seemed the City’s priorities did not include any concrete decisions regarding SB4. At least, not until later.

Turner said that his administration would evaluate the bill after the legislative session ends May 29.

For those of us who would be targeted for racial profiling by local cops (it’s not just immigrants, but brown people in general), the lack of prioritization on challenging SB4 and defending from Republican targeting of Latinos has left a community wondering if it matters to elected leaders.

From Turner, the response to SB4 all along has been the same:

“I want you to know that Houston will be a welcoming, just and compassionate city that will work to protect all people from discrimination.”

Acevedo who had previously said that his department would not be a local INS, changed his commentary, though:

Acevedo made clear that police will be required to fill out a report and detail why they felt it necessary to ask someone’s immigration status.

“If you stop somebody for jaywalking and the only reason you’re asking because they don’t speak English,” Acevedo said, “that will be profiling, and we will not tolerate it.”

So, it is pretty obvious that, much like Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, HPD intends to follow the law. But there is no indication of whether Houston will join other smaller cities and the City of Austin in suing the State of Texas to challenge the law’s constitutionality. Certainly, I don’t expect the right-wing-heavy commissioners court at the County level to do anything, and certainly, Judge Ed Emmett has remained quiet. Frankly, the City’s lawyers should already be studying the law in anticipation of a decision to sue BEFORE it goes in effect on September 1.

In my opinion, nothing says “welcoming city” like a city suing the state government because of a racist law that targets at least 50% of the population. Certainly, it would show the city’s leaders are fighting for people, and not just using “diversity” as a means to increase tourism and business profits.

No doubt, Mayor Turner is awaiting the fate of the pension bill, which is the city leadership’s top priority. But as much as our city’s coffers should be a priority, so should its inhabitants. Immigrant or not, brown or not, we all pay taxes and shouldn’t live in fear of our own law enforcement. And if city coffers are the priority, certainly, Mayor Turner and the City Council should also consider the feasibility of SB4’s enactment and its effect on HPD’s budget, considering that being a Local INS will cost a lot more–in monetary term and in terms of crime-reporting, as the Chief has already specified.

Obviously, let’s stay tuned.

Yeah, stay tuned for sure.

Speaking of two cents, Chris Bell has an Op-Ed in today’s Chron opposing the revenue cap. Here is how it starts out:

Years ago, when I was running for Houston City Council for the first time, a very smart, older friend pulled me aside just after I had finished making a speech to a roomful of people. He told me that in every speech, I needed to let people know all the things the city does for them so they would grasp the importance of the election. As he rightfully explained, people take just about everything the city does for granted; they don’t often realize or stop to consider that their streets, parks, libraries, water, garbage collection, public safety, and much more are all managed and controlled by their city government.

It was some of the best advice I ever received because it was so true. Now, as Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to ask voters to remove the city’s revenue cap next fall, it’s more important than ever to remind folks what the city does for them. My personal belief is that when people really stop to think about how much their overall quality of life is impacted by decisions at City Hall, they are more willing to make sure city departments have what they need in order to operate. Obviously, pension problems have done much to harm the city budget. But if the pension plan passes, which it appears it will, and that part of the problem is addressed, it’s incumbent upon the city to make sure the other major part of the problem is addressed as well and that’s the revenue cap.

Voters passed the revenue cap in 2004, amending the City Charter to limit the growth of property tax revenue to the combined rates of inflation and population growth, or 4.5 percent, whichever is lower. Voters then altered the cap in 2006, allowing the city to raise an additional $90 million above the cap for public safety expenditures.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Bell-The-city-s-revenue-cap-will-strangle-11160278.php.

Commentary has been listening to The Beatles channel on Sirius XM since this past Thursday. I have most of their CDs and some of the tunes are on my phone gizmo but this is a way whole lot better. You get the regular tunes from the CDs, their tunes from their solo days. I heard an “Imagine” cut from a live concert that I had never before. I heard Paul’s “My Valentine.” Then there are the tunes from other artists including Jennifer Hudson’s “Let it Be”, Richie Havens’ “Here Comes the Sun”, Emmylou Harris’ “Here, There and Everywhere” and from a “Beat Bugs” episode of James Corden singing “I’m a Loser.” Then they also throw all sorts of Beatles facts and trivia.

I am waiting to hear George’s “Cheer Down” which is played during the closing credits of “Lethal Weapon 2.”

I am also waiting to hear some tunes from “The Concert for Bangladesh.”

I am still waiting for the release of “Let it Be” the movie on CD. Word is it is not going to happen.

Now that was brutal. I am talking about getting swept at The Yard this past weekend. Even though our lead is down to 5 ½ games, we still have the best record in MLB. Let’s win as the Tigers visit for four.

No MLB question today.

 

Welcoming H-Town?

We are 29-12. If you read the Chron today, you know this answer. In the last 13 years, two other teams started out at 29-12 and won the World Serious. Name the two?

For the past year or so, the H-Town Mayor has been letting our immigrant community know that we are a “welcoming city.” It turns out that some DREAMERs don’t think so. Here is from today’s Chron:

“Houston is not a welcoming city no matter how many times (the mayor) says that,” said Oscar Hernandez, an organizer with United We Dream, in an interview, echoing concerns expressed at the town hall. “Houston is not a welcoming city to people of color or immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants.”

And this:

United We Dream Members chanted “Sue SB 4!” as the meeting came to an end.

(Mayor Sylvester) Turner said that his administration would evaluate the bill after the legislative session ends May 29.

Here is the entire article: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mayor-police-chief-face-tough-questions-about-11157726.php.

This is a bit troubling that DREAMERs think this. On a lot of the immigration issue I defer to the DREAMERs because they are out there fighting the fight. So, if they are thinking this, then H-Town, maybe we have a bit of a problemo. This is serious and should not be swept under the rug. We need more of a discussion on this. We also need our Latino elected officials to weigh in.  The question:  how do we define “welcoming”?

On the SB 4 matter, it is a very bad bill. I understand why the Mayor still wants to “evaluate” the bill even though it doesn’t need evaluating.  He has to get the pension bill passed. If he starts messing with SB 4, his pension bill might be killed. It’s politics, so I understand.

One would think that the next FBI Director would be a person with a ton of law enforcement experience and not a political crony of Laurel and Hardy, err Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. You need someone who will get near unanimous support. Here is from Politico:

In an interview, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) fumed about (former Sen. Joe) Lieberman’s efforts to undercut more generous Medicare benefits in Obamacare and his relative closeness to Trump. After a monologue on Lieberman’s faults, Brown ended by telling a reporter: “That’s all on the record.”

“Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials. Look where he works now, a Trump law firm. That tells me a lot,” Brown said, referring to the law firm where Lieberman now works that represents Trump.

Lieberman also opposed a Democratic proposal to extend Medicare to people 55 and older, infuriating liberals. “He’s the reason we lost Medicare at 55 … Couldn’t have had anything to do with the insurance industry lobbying in Hartford. I’m sure Lieberman couldn’t succumb to that,” Brown said sarcastically.

And to think Lieberman was on our ticket in 2000.

I saw this last night:

Lisa Falkenberg‏Verified account@ChronFalkenberg

The term #BREAKING news is broke. We wore it out. Chaos is now the regularly scheduled program. #TXLege #Trump #Trumprussia #TrumpLeaks

Folks like CNN wore it out. Everything is “BREAKING NEWS” on CNN these days.

The 2005 White Sox and the 2007 Red Sox both won the World Serious after starting out at 29-12 of course.

It is way too early to be talking about the World Serious. We just need to keep playing good baseball. We start a 10 game homie this evening.

A Special

The ‘Stros lead MLB with 29 wins. Who is number two in wins?

The Beatles are now on Channel 18 on Sirius.

Commentary is not going to say anything bad about the fella who left us this morning and who help create one of the most divisive entities in the history of our country. Commentary is not going to say anything good about him either because there is nothing good to say about him.

Well, we got us a special. We asked for it.

The good news is we have a special counsel who folks say has an impeccable reputation. He and his team will run a thorough investigation and kick over every rock. If there is something there, he and his team will find it.

The bad news is we won’t be privy to what is going with the investigation and we probably will not get to hear from the former FBI Director.   The only things we can look forward to now are Donald Trump’s tweets like the ones he tweeted this morning.

Here is from the Chron today on the City of H-Town housing mess:

“I have to say that I’m embarrassed,” City Councilman Greg Travis said. “We as an institution need to do a better job. … We need to make sure we look at this in a systemic way to make sure that elsewhere it’s not happening.”

Councilmen Jerry Davis and Larry Green stressed that they asked several times for financial information on the local housing fund, to no avail.

“Housing would say, well, economic development has purview. Economic development would say, well, housing has purview. But we could never get a process of how the dollars were going to be spent, where they were or where they were even housed,” Green said. “The questions were asked. We just never got an answer.”

And the headline:

Mayor calls for housing overhaul

No s__t?  That’s sad.

Another pension take was sent to me. Check this:

A lot of people think firemen should be paid more, at least until they found out what the average fireman makes in retirement. Their own pension report from last year shows most firemen averaging over $60,000 a year in pension benefits with additional healthcare subsidies and each getting a giant check for many hundreds of thousands of dollars (it varies according to how long they stay). Leaving aside false comparisons to other jobs or pay comparisons to communities many miles away that some at HFD like to make, the people that question employees asking for 20% raises when the city is facing a shortfall of $123 million (and that is only if pension reform passes in Austin and voters affirm the pension bonds) seem to wonder if those at HFD should make a choice; pensions or pay but not both.

You can make a case that anyone working for the city of Houston is not paid enough if you try hard enough, there are always cities that pay better and there are always jobs to compare to that pay better. But Houston has long established itself as a place where “we do it OUR way”, not copying those in other places as though they know more than we do. The pension proposal is already too lucrative for many voters to agree with and any increase in pay means an increase in pension costs, a growing number of people thinking HFD wants to have their cake and eat it too. Dismissing the oft brought up argument against them regarding the way they work ~8 days a month, may sleep many shifts or tend to personal business on city time, or even that most calls for help have nothing to do with fires (EMS calls are increasingly more frequent, to the tune of over 80% of all calls) so sending large trucks with 4+ people is wasteful, it’s difficult to assess how to pay a group that refuses to provide detailed information on what the employees are being compensated with (to date, they refuse to provide full access to how much their individual employees make, knowing full well the number of millionaires would weigh against them in public opinion).

Leaving aside the RINO political blogs that give firemen a free pass simply to “stick it to Turner”, a well respected liberal democrat, rather than weigh the merits of proposals on their own merits, residents of Houston need to decide how they want their taxes spent. What the Bill Kings of the world leave out of their discussions is how fast health costs have soared, how city finances are tied to various expenses and programs, or even how much the revenue cap really costs Houstonians, most seniors are exempted and the increases for removing the revenue cap to better pay firemen, police, and fix streets, amount to around $25 a year. That’s about what a decent pizza costs and hardly an amount to break the bank if people expect credible services that do not take on the county model where you pay far more for much less via your HOA or directly contracting services on your own.

All the cherry picked statistics, many of them years out of date, by firemen arguing to have better pensions AND huge pay increases while the rest of the city falls apart, do not sway me any more than Mr. King’s sour grapes show trying to paint Houston into the proverbial corner. Most city employees currently employed by Houston have already taken serious cuts to pension benefits and will take more in coming months, the other two pensions long ago correcting mistakes that are still brought up by those desperate to convince folks how terrible they have it with HFD. Despite all this, the city has made offers recently and in the past that were turned down flat by HFD’s employees who now want to force taxpayers to pay for their better pensions no matter what the legislature does in Austin and likewise hand out huge raises by using the courts in both cases. Maybe a better solution would be to tie raises to how well those employees can increase efficiency, using the money saved to pay for whichever compensation they prefer most? – Steve Houston

It looks like this thing is coming to an end.

The Nationals and Rockies each have 25 wins of course.

We have the day off and Tags thinks  The Yard should be at full capacity this weekend? Did I say 29-12?

Twitter Day

Famous last words: Let this go.

I ran across this fact on Twitter yesterday:

This Baseball Hall of Fame great had over 3,000 base hits with exactly half of his base hits at home and the other half on the road. He is no longer with us and he played on just one team – in the National League. Let me help you out here. There only 29 MLB players with over 3,000 base hits. Roberto Clemente had 3,000. 5 of the 29 are not in the Hall of Fame. 15 of the HOFers 3,000 plus career base hits are still around. Of the 6 deceased HOFers with an even numbered total career 3,000 plus base hits, only one played his entire career on the same team in the National League. Name the player.

Can we agree that Donald Trump is sh___ing all over himself?

Yesterday was one of those days for Commentary where I just sat back and watched Twitter explode with me replying to an occasional tweet.

You have to figure that the GOP is certainly worried about 2018. GOP members of Congress certainly were not in the mood to go on camera yesterday evening. Here is a small sample from yesterday.

First from the White House Nazi:

Fox News‏Verified account @FoxNews

.@SebGorka: “It’s no longer fake news. It’s now dishonest news.” #Hannity

Shut the f__k up!

This is my favorite from yesterday:

Keir Murray Retweeted

Rachael Bade‏Verified account@rachaelmbade

I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off — literally gave me the middle finger — and kept walking. Said nothing

Issa is more worried about getting reelected next year. Now he is denying it this morning despite witness who saw him shoot the bird.

Just look at this one. He is never shy about putting out outrageous takes:

Texas Tribune Retweeted

Abby Livingston‏Verified account@TexasTribAbby

Rep Randy Weber says he spent most of the last week on vacation with his grandchildren and is still catching up with the news

Then this one:

Sarah Westwood‏Verified account@sarahcwestwood

.@FoxNews reporting on the air now that they can’t get a Republican member on the air right now to defend Trump

And this:

Texas Tribune Retweeted

Abby Livingston‏Verified account@TexasTribAbby

Hard to describe the feeling in the air at the Capitol today. But it ain’t normal.

And from this morning:

Pulitzer Non-Winner Retweeted

Ed O’Keefe‏Verified account@edatpost

Wow: @CBSThisMorning says it asked 20 GOP lawmakers to be a guest this AM to talk about Trump. And asked the WH for someone. ALL declined.

It is tough being a GOPer this morning.

How about them ‘Stros? Check these:

Houston Astros‏ @astros

#AstrosWin 12-2! Series win! Three straight! Win streak!

And:

Jake Kaplan

 

The Astros beat the Marlins, 12-2. They have won 70 percent of their games so far.

And:

ABC13 Houston Retweeted

Greg Bailey‏Verified account@GregBailey13

#Astros move to 28–12. Chasing history.

And:

Brian McTaggart‏ @brianmctaggart

The Astros are 28-12 at roughly the 1/4th point of season. You do the math.

And:

Aaron Stough Retweeted

Mike Acosta‏@AstrosTalk

It’s been ten years since an AL team won 28 of their first 40 games. The Astros continue their best start in franchise history at 28-12.

Hall of Fame great Stan “The Man” Musial of course had 1,815 base hits at home and 1,815 hit on the road.

The last game of the current roadie starts at 11:10 am our time later on this morning.